HBO officially confirmed today that it was renewing Westworld for a second season, solidifying what most have assumed all along.
The network announced in a press release that Westworld — along with Divorce and Insecure — would all be returning for a 10-episode sophomore season, but unlike the latter two, Westworld won’t be on the air next year.
Due to the scope and size of Westworld, HBO programming president Casey Bloys told Entertainment Weekly that showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy would need more time to write the scripts and map it out. Bloys added that it was because of the show’s epic scale that it seemed unlikely the show would be ready to air in 2017.
HBO also tweeted out a glitchy video featuring a voice over from Anthony Hopkins, who plays Dr. Ford in the show. It’s hard to see anything — although there are glimpses of the show that poke through every couple of seconds — but fans may enjoy breaking it down to gauge if there’s anything cryptic hiding within.
Westworld’s renewal should come as no surprise considering how quickly audiences have become engrossed with it. In just seven weeks, people have created podcasts dedicated to theorizing about what’s happening on the show and the series’ official subreddit boasts close to 100,000 active members. Even before the series started, Nolan and HBO executives expressed interest in having the series air for four or five seasons.
Although Westworld won’t be airing in 2017, with Game of Thrones set to have its seventh season premiere later in the year, it might just fill the hole in your heart. Westworld airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.